Is a damaged tooth or discoloration making you think twice about smiling in public? A porcelain crown or veneer from a professional Cosmetic Dentist may be the solution for you. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular crowns and dental veneers, can do wonders for restoring and improving the healthy appearance of your smile.
Today, we delve into the differences between porcelain crowns and veneers, so you can decide which option is right for you; helping you regain your confidence and, more importantly, your Amazing Smile.
Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentistry Option for Your Teeth
A porcelain crown, or cap, is used to cover a tooth, suffering from some kind of damage or discoloration: improving its appearance and protecting it from further damage.
Usually, if a tooth has undergone heavy filling, the remaining structure of the tooth may become too weak to support it. In cases like these, crowns covering the entire tooth provide added support, reducing further fracturing and damage.
Crowns are a long-lasting option, and if surrounded by healthy supportive teeth, a porcelain crown could provide a good decade of use.
The process for a porcelain crown involves two steps:
First, a mould will be taken of your teeth to fabricate the crown, ensuring it will comfortably fit over the tooth.
You’ll be fitted with a temporary plastic crown to use in the meantime, as fabrication generally requires a period of two weeks.
The second stage involves another trip to your cosmetic dentist where the crown will be fitted and cemented in place. This often takes roughly 30 minutes to perform.
Veneers are a very thin porcelain material placed over the surface of a tooth.
Veneers are used to improve the appearance of chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth that otherwise cannot be fixed by conventual teeth whitening methods.
Porcelain veneers do a great job of mimicking your natural teeth. They are stain resistant and, like crowns, can often last a good ten years of use.
However, in cases of severe damage or tooth decay, a porcelain crown may be the better option.
Much like crowns, the procedure for veneers involve two stages:
In the first stage, depending on your specific situation, your cosmetic dentist may need to shave off a thin layer of enamel to make room for your veneers and take an impression (mould) of your teeth.
Before leaving, you’ll be fitted with a set of temporary veneers, while your porcelain set are being fabricated.
The second stage involves the final set of porcelain veneers being fitted and permanently cemented in place by your dentist.
While your teeth will be protected them from further damage, it is still important that you visit your dentist regularly to monitor performance and prevent any further issues occurring.
At Amazing Smiles, we offer a 4-year guarantee against chipping for all our porcelain veneers and provide our patients with the very best in veneer and crown treatments.
Book your appointment at any one of our clinics to see one of our professional cosmetic dentists, today.
Regain that Amazing Smile!
For more information about Porcelain Crowns and Veneers, feel free to contact us at any one of our Amazing Smiles Cosmetic Dentist Clinics located at Nerang – Gold Coast, Logan, Jimboomba, Bray Park and Wynnum to book a consultation with our cosmetic dental professionals. Free initial dentist appointment.